It is crazy to think that I have been engaged for 6 months now and my wedding is a year and a half away… or as I like to think of it, 18 months away!
The moment after I got engaged I thought to myself… now I have to plan a wedding?!
Getting engaged is exciting but I was soon overwhelmed and had so many questions and thoughts started to fill my mind.
Everyone around me started to ask questions about things I haven’t even thought about or even wanted to think about yet. It was a lot and it all came at once. I soon realized that as much as I wanted to enjoy the moment, there were some things that needed to be decided and booked sooner rather than later.
With all that being said, I thought I’d share some of the things that I have realized/gone through already during the last 6 months.
Resize and Insure your Engagement Ring
The last thing I wanted to do and I am sure any new bride-to-be wants to do, is to send her new ring off to get resized and/or to get insured. However, the last thing you want is for your ring to fall off your finger because it is too loose. Nothing will replace the sentimental value of your ring, but you should be prepared and just incase something does happen to your precious rock, it should be insured so at least you can get your (or his) money back!
Plan an Engagement Party
This is totally up to you if you’d like to celebrate your engagement – it can either be a big celebration or just a small get together with your closest family and friends. There are so many different ways you can celebrate your engagement and it is just a nice way to share your news with loved ones and of course, another excuse to flaunt your ring!
Set a Date, Even If It’s Not the Date
Once all the “Congratulations” subside for a bit, the first thing your family and friends will probably ask is “When is the wedding?” I would suggest coming up with an estimated answer such as “next summer” or “early 2018” etc. I’m sure your family and friends will appreciate feeling like they are in the loop and this may also help you when looking at venues.
Let’s Talk Numbers
This could be a difficult thing to do, but it is important to decide and figure out how much everyone is contributing and what you and your partner can contribute yourselves. It’s better to figure out the budget as soon as possible as this number will affect all wedding decisions and purchases. It is so important to work out a budget before you starting planning/looking!
Before you try on dresses, look at flowers, or sample cakes, look at the big picture and decide what kind of atmosphere you want for your big day. Are you dreaming of a classic, romantic, vintage, rustic, modern or all-out glam wedding? Do you want your celebration to be formal, casual or somewhere in between? To help you get a better idea of what type of wedding you want, spend some time gathering inspiration! Check out wedding blogs, wedding magazines, Instagram pages, Pinterest, etc!
Pick a Location
This could be one of the most difficult things to do as lots of venues fill up quickly and you may need to book quite in advance to get the date you prefer. There are many questions you should ask yourself, do you want to get married in your hometown or away (destination wedding)? Outdoors or indoors? Big or intimate? Once you make some decisions, then you can get down to specifics and start looking at different locations and venues.
Set the Guest List and Book a Venue
When building your guest list, it is important to consider how many guests your venue can accommodate. You don’t want a soiree that looks half empty, but at the same time you want to leave enough space for your guests to move around comfortably throughout the evening. Also remember, the more guests means higher prices, more guests means more tables and more tables means more centrepieces, flowers, linens, favours, etc. When you know more or less how many people you will be inviting, reserve your venue!
Choose Your Wedding Party
Your wedding party should be made up of people who play an important role in your life, the people you’d like to be by your side on your big day and those who you want to remain in your life forever. Your wedding party can be as big or as small as you’d like, it’s all up to you! When or how you ask your wedding party also depends on the date of your wedding and what you are most comfortable doing – at the end of the day, there is no right or wrong way to choose/ask your wedding party! Be confident with your choices and have fun with it!
Thank you again to everyone for all the congratulations, love and support!
Being engaged can be an exciting time but it can also be very stressful… take your time, have fun with it and enjoy the moment!
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